Gardening Oops – February 2010

Shoulda, woulda, coulda.  That’s my gardening oops this month.  Here at joene’s garden, the first of each month is Gardening oops -  GOOPs for short – Day. On GOOPs day, I fess up one of my gardening blunders in the hopes that you might avoid a GOOPs of your own after reading one of mine.  I figure we all learn from our mistakes, and often from mistakes of others.  So why not share our mistakes with each other and, therefore, enhance everyone’s overall chance to learn.

aphids on basil-2 banished basil 1-2010 This month I present a cared for but not nourished basil plant I brought inside last fall before frost.  Yes, I watered it regularly, and gave it as much natural light as possible, but you can see it did some serious toward-the-sun leaning .  I shoulda picked more of its leaves.  I woulda enjoyed their  flavor in tomato sauce or on a home made pizza.  I coulda done this had I paid a little more attention.  But I didn’t, and last week when I noticed tiny white specks on its leaves, I knew that aphids had hatched.  I shoulda and coulda given my tender herbal companion regular bi-weekly showers to stave off any budding aphid infestations.  Had I done this I might have been able to keep the aphids at bay.  But I didn’t.  I have a pretty strict policy of banishing any small, replaceable plant from the house when aphids take hold.  I’ve tried fighting serious infestations in winter’s past and it’s not anything I choose to do again … I never seem to win the battle.  So when the aphids moved in, the basil moved out.  Here it is, on the front porch on a relatively warm January day – temperatures in the high 30’s F.  The plant did remarkably well for the first few hours, then quickly drooped as night time fell.  By morning it was dead, aphids and all.

Caring for plants, just like caring for any other aspect of life, requires vigilance … sometimes more and sometimes less.  At times, growing plants also means making tough choices, like banishing one to never-never land.  Gardening, real gardening, means making mistakes.  Joining in on GOOPs day means admitting some of these mistakes.  Here you have yet another of mine, and the chance to share any mistake you’ve made in a comment below.  If you choose to share your GOOPs on your own blog, I’m thrilled.  Just leave a teaser in a comment below, along with your link, and anyone who reads here can pay you a visit too.

And if you really thrive on delve into past mistakes take a look at GOOPs – Gardening Oops for all the gritty details.  Here’s hoping my GOOPs do not become yours.

11 comments for “Gardening Oops – February 2010

  1. February 1, 2010 at 7:15 am


    Happy GOOPs Day! Can you believe another month has come and gone? Unfortunately I think we’ve all had plants that coulda thrived if we woulda payed just a bit more attention to them. Such is the nature of gardening. My GOOPs is over on my blog and it is titled…GOOPS..What’s Your Name?

  2. February 1, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Hi Joene! I figured your meme was designed for me – I’m always making mistakes in the garden and don’t always ‘fess up (in public, at least). This month is different though as I’m joining in the GOOPs celebrations for the first time! You can see my post here:

    by the way I am also a terrible ‘shoulda coulda’ merchant too. You have my sympathy….!

  3. joenesgarden
    February 1, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Sally, thanks so much for joining GOOPs. It’s always fun … and informative … to see what other gardeners consider a GOOP. And, it’s good for the soul to fess up in public.

  4. February 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Just discovered your blog through The Constant Gardener and absolutely love it. Your pictures are glorious and the state of your basil plant, in your latest post, makes me feel less bad about mine, which it sickly, tired but aphid-free!

  5. February 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I love this idea and had to try it this month. Like the basil, I also do remarkably well in the 30’s, only to droop by nighfall (but then, I’m an Alaskan).

    Jerry Springer style gardening GOOPs can be found at the Last Frontier Garden:

    Christine B.

  6. joenesgarden
    February 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I’m glad you stopped by, Nigel. So glad you enjoy the photos. I won’t be basil-less for long … there’s seeds just waiting to be planted.

  7. joenesgarden
    February 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Love your GOOPs take, Christine B. Thanks for joining in GOOPs Day.

  8. February 4, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Bummer bout your Basil! I know that feeling of “oh how wonderful this herb will be inside all winter and I promise to use it all the time!” but they never look or feel that good in a couple months, do they?

  9. joenesgarden
    February 5, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I lost the basil, Lynn, but the rosemary still looks good and this is the second winter it’s survived. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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